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The Railway Man Review

Nothing like a true story to tug at the heartstrings. The Railway Man tells the story of Eric Lomax (Colin Firth as the older Lomax, Jeremy Irvine as his younger self), a man with a troubled past living a haunted life in the present in a film that manages to leave its mark quite effectively. Obsessed with…

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12 Years A Slave Review

Harrowing? Not even close. 12 Years A Slave is a monumental piece of cinema that does little to soften the blow visually and emotionally as it strikes at the heart with emotive, graphic and brutal depictions of the life of a slave in the 19th century. Based on the book of the same name, we follow the…

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Oscar Nominations 2014

Hot on the heels of the BAFTA nominations come the nods for the Academy Awards. Are there any surprises? Not really – but there are a few notable absences. Tom Hanks is nowhere to be seen, despite strong performances in both Captain Phillips and Saving Mr. Banks. Screenwriter favourite Kelly Marcel also misses out this…

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BAFTA Nominations 2014

It’s that time once again, oh yes indeed. While the UK still looks hungover from New Years in the midst of endless bad weather, with Hell literally freezing over in America, we are offered a small distraction and a reason to get giddy and excited for several more weeks. Here’s some of the highlights from this…

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A 2014 Announcement

An apology is owed to all you guys for the distinct lack of posts and communication recently. I have been planning a journey around Australia and set off just after Christmas, and with no laptop or regular wi-fi have been unable to regularly update the site. I’ll be travelling for a good part of 2014,…

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7 Second Reviews: The Butler

With Forest Whitaker starring in a solid performance as Cecil Gaines, The Butler takes us through the story of the black civil rights movement beginning with Gaines’ brutal childhood in slavery and his rise as a butler in the White House. The film is long but thorough, although the swift beginning cuts the emotion a…

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5 Best Movie Podcasts

Here at Screen Watch we’ve dabbled in the world of podcasts every now and then. I interviewed Moon visual effects supervisor Gavin Rothery, and over at Write Click Play we chose our Game of the Year. But there are are few people whose encyclopaedic knowledge and passion of movies simply can’t be missed, and produce…

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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Review

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is much better than the first instalment in the series. Is it actually a good film though? My answer is… well, sort of. Continuing on from the first film The Hunger Games, and based on Suzanne Collins’ phenomenally successful novels, Catching Fire throws Katniss Everdeen back into the action with…

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7 Second Reviews: The Counsellor

Ridley Scott, Michael Fassbender, Cameron Diaz, Brad Pitt, Penelope Cruz… big scalp after big scalp. As they say, “the bigger the rise, the harder the fall”. The Counsellor falls down in outstanding fashion on nearly every count. The plot is utterly confusing, feeling more like an afterthought than anything substantial. The writer, No Country For Old…